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2018 NDAA Analysis: Acquisition Workforce Improvements

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This is the sixth blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

Defense contractors – the time has come: December 31 is the deadline for cybersecurity safeguarding compliance

by DLA Piper on

Defense contractors and subcontractors that handle certain types of defense information must be in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) cybersecurity requirements by the December 31, 2017 deadline. Affected contractors...more

If You Don’t Do the Work, You Might Do Time Instead: Service-Disabled Veteran Faces Jail Time for Failing to Run Day-to-Day...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Government recently indicted an Army veteran for allegedly using his status as a service-disabled veteran to help a company qualify as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business and falsely obtain nearly $40 million...more

[Webinar] ITAR for Government Contractors - New Developments for 2018 - December 13th, 1:00pm ET

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Join Thomas McVey, partner and chair of Williams Mullen’s International Practice Group, for a complimentary webinar on the latest ITAR developments for government contracts executives. ITAR is an important area of...more

NIST Releases Highly-Anticipated Draft Special Publication on Assessing the Security Requirements in NIST SP 800-171 for...

Pursuant to DFARS 252.204-7012, DoD contractors are to implement the security requirements in NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171 by December 31, 2017. NIST SP 800-171 includes security requirements for protecting...more

Clearly Erroneous Audit Assertion – An Expensive Thorn in Contractors’ Sides

Auditing by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) is a ubiquitous cost of doing business with the Department of Defense, and one which many defense contractors have come to dread. Unfortunately, far too often the DCAA’s...more

Final Countdown to DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance

Most federal defense contractors are aware that December 31, 2017, is the deadline for them to comply with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled...more

GAO's Bid Protest Report to Congress for 2017 Shows Record High Effectiveness Rate

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The Situation: The Government Accountability Office publishes an annual report detailing bid protest activity for the prior fiscal year. The Result: The fiscal year 2017 report shows that the sustain rate for bid protests...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: The Limits of the 2018 NDAA’s Report on Procurement Fraud

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This is the fifth blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: New Mandate to Use Private Accounting Firms to Audit Incurred Cost Submissions

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This is the fourth blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

ML Strategies December 2017 Legislative Preview

The culmination of the year’s legislative activity all comes down to the month of December – so buckle up. Congress will need to pass a government spending bill by December 8th, and this bill is expected to carry a...more

Pentagon Web Monitoring Data Exposed

Security researcher Chris Vickery has confirmed that web-monitoring data from the Department of Defense (DOD) was exposed through Amazon Web Services by the way the DOD configured access by authorized users. According to...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

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UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - November 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - “Mid-Sized Businesses: Too Big to be Small and Too Small to be Big” House Small Business Committee Press Release, November 14, 2017. Retrieved from smallbusiness.house.gov The House Committee on...more

Changes to Audit and Truth in Negotiations Act in FY 2018 NDAA

For DoD acquisitions, the Conference Report for FY 2018 NDAA includes provisions that would streamline the DCAA Incurred Cost Audit process by involving private auditors and increase the TINA threshold. Conference Report...more

Changes to Supply Chain Management and Commercial Item Contracting in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA includes provisions that simplify and others that complicate contractor responsibilities. Proposed supply chain diligence...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: The Noose Further Tightens on LPTA

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This is the third blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has been passed by both houses of Congress and is awaiting the President’s signature. Stay tuned for new...more

Changes for Bid Protests in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for FY 2018 NDAA includes enhanced debriefing rights and pilot program for protester payment of Government costs for denied GAO bid protests. Enhanced DoD...more

Surprise, Surprise, Congress Does Listen — Well, Kind Of - An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions

An Analysis of NDAA Section 846’s Online Marketplace Provisions - There has been a lot of speculation about the future of commercial items purchasing within the federal Government since Representative Mac Thornberry...more

Large Contractors – Time to Take Your Protests to Court?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Congress recently concluded the conference on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), resolving the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY18 NDAA passed earlier this year. Pilot Program...more

2018 NDAA Analysis: DoD “Amazon” Bill Poised to Become Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the second blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

Analysis of the Current Draft 2018 NDAA

by Holland & Knight LLP on

This is the first blog post in a series of blogs analyzing the current draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as agreed-to by House and Senate negotiators on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for additional...more

DFARS Cybersecurity Compliance Countdown: Are You Ready?

by Blank Rome LLP on

It’s almost here. After years of rulemaking, covered defense contractors will soon be fully subject to heightened cybersecurity standards for covered defense information (“CDI”) on IT systems under DFARS 252.204-7012, and...more

Washington Seeks New Regulation of Technology Investments: What You Need to Know Now About the Proposed CFIUS Legislation

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which would greatly expand the reach and consequence of the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

December 31 Deadline Approaching for Contractors Who Handle Export-Controlled Technical Information

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Under DFARS Clause 252.204-7012, certain government contractors that store, process or transmit technical information that is controlled under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) or the Export...more

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